Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2013

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Cindy Ryan

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

For many years, children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders were often a mystery to both doctors and researchers. While exact causes are unknown, there are a variety of ways to lead these children down a successful educational path. Starting at a young age, treatments and educational approaches can support healthy and productive lifestyles, and enhance learning in the classroom. While many people who are autistic excel in art and other creative subjects, without proper instructional techniques, becoming a proficient reader can be a great challenge. This study explored the benefits and drawbacks of existing reading techniques and strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders. The researcher implemented the strategies, as well as developed some new ones as a result of the experiences working with Matthew*, an eleven-year-old child with autism. Developed and implemented lesson plans through trial and error in order to discover what worked most effectively.

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